TSCA Modernization Act Advances in Committee

May 14, 2015 Issues: Environment, New Jersey

After Four Decades, Chemical Management Reform Key to New Jersey Within Reach

WASHINGTON, DCCongressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today announced that the committee’s Environment and the Economy Subcommittee passed the TSCA Modernization Act by a unanimous 21-0 vote.  The legislation, which would have a significant impact on New Jersey, now advances to the full committee.  Protecting consumers from dangerous chemicals in commerce was a long-held priority of late U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and has been worked on for years by Congressman Pallone.  New Jersey has one of the largest chemical industries in the country, making reform of the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act critical. 

The legislation is a bipartisan effort to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act to improve the protection of human health and the environment, to help better facilitate interstate and international commerce, and to give the public greater confidence in American-made chemicals and the products that contain them.  It is led by Congressman Pallone along with Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL), Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul Tonko (D-NY), and full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI).  Learn more about the legislation HERE

“I am proud to work to continue the Senator Lautenberg’s legacy of leadership on removing toxic chemicals from everyday products,” said Congressman Pallone.  “Although this bill will not be the end of our work to address toxic chemicals, it is a strong beginning and will offer significant protections.”